The African Diaspora International Film Festival and The Facets Cinémathèque are presenting The 9th Annual Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF 2011-Chicago), which will be held at Facets from June 17-23. This outstanding event will feature a selection of Black Independent Films from around the world. ADIFF is recognized as one of the most important film festivals depicting an eclectic mix of foreign, independent, classic and urban films representing the human experience of people of color through an extraordinary range of subjects and artistic approaches.
ADIFF Chicago 2011 is more relevant than ever as 2011 has been declared “Year of the African Descendant” by the United Nations. Highlighting stories from Canada to Morocco from Brazil to Nigeria as well as several works by independent African American filmmakers, ADIFF Chicago 2011 is poised to be another success in the Windy City.
Opening Night Film:
BLACK HANDS -TRIAL OF THE ARSONIST SLAVE
A remarkable documentary that investigates slavery in Canada through the story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a slave accused of burning Montreal in 1734. After an epic trial, she was sentenced to death, but was she really guilty or a victim of a conspiracy? This is a hidden part of Canadian history and one must pose the following question: Why does this chapter about racism and capital punishment remain unknown? This fascinating film skillfully combines interviews with historians and reenacments that are shot in the same style as Lars von Trier’s Dogville.
Directed by Tetchena Bellange, 2010, Quebec/Canada, 2010, 52 mins. In French with English subtitles.
Fri., June 17 at 7 pm
Sun., June 19 at 3 pm